Apolinar, Martin Ramon, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18B-Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2008-2011, 18B, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group
Service Years
2004 - 2011
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom


Special Forces

Ranger
Sergeant First Class


Two Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Arizona
Arizona
Year of Birth
1982
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Glendale
Last Address
Wardak province, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
May 29, 2011
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation II (2006-09)
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona - Phoenix, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 56 Site 565

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 1st Armored Division Special Forces Group


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Armor Shoulder Cord


 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2011, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Special Forces

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 41st Infantry 1st Armored Division1st Special Warfare Training Group (Cadre)3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
  2004-2007, 11B10, B Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry
  2004-2007, 11B10, 1st Armored Division
  2007-2008, 11B10, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Cadre)
  2008-2011, 18B, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  2009-2011 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation III (2009-11)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

STAFF SGT.MARTIN R. APOLINAR


Killed in action on May 29, 2011


Operation Enduring Freedom


Staff Sgt. Martin R. Apolinar died May 29 while on a mounted patrol when the vehicle he and his Special Forces team were traveling in struck an IED in the Wardak Province, Afghanistan. He was born Dec. 31, 1982 and grew up in Phoenix, Ariz. He graduated from the Trevor Browne High School in 2001


Apolinar enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2004 and served as an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. He served as a rifleman, machine gunner and team leader.


He successfully completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selections course and entered the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, N.C. Upon completion of the SFQC, he was assigned to Co., 3rd Bn., 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2008 where he served as the senior Special Forces weapons sergeant for an Operational Detachment - Alpha.


Apolinar deployed twice, first in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, and now this deployment to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) with Company C.


His military education includes: Warrior Leader's Course, U.S. Army Combatives Course Level 1 and 2, Combat Life Savers Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course, Joint Fires Observer Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course, and Advance Leader's Course.


Apolinar's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Overseas Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutists Badge. He earned the Special Forces Tab and Ranger Tab.


Apolinar is survived by his wife Elisa; his son Martin, and his parents Gene and Susan Apolinar of Prescott, Ariz.


- DE OPPRESSO LIBER -


   
Comments/Citation

Memorial Honors 3rd Special Forces Group Fallen Heroes
(July 8, 2011)

USA as flag

 

 
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (July 5, 2011) – May 29, 2011, will be a day that won’t be easily forgotten in the hearts and minds of the Special Forces community – especially for members of 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).
The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) held a unit memorial on June 23, 2011at the John F. Kennedy Chapel on Fort Bragg to honor recently fallen soldiers (from left to right): Capt. Joseph W. Schultz, Sgt. 1st Class Martin R. Apolinar and Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo. The fallen were members of Operational Detachment Alpha 3333, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A) and were killed in combat on May 29, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Enoch Fleites
The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) held a unit memorial on June 23, 2011at the John F. Kennedy Chapel on Fort Bragg to honor recently fallen soldiers (from left to right): Capt. Joseph W. Schultz, Sgt. 1st Class Martin R. Apolinar and Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo. The fallen were members of Operational Detachment Alpha 3333, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A) and were killed in combat on May 29, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Enoch Fleites
Army Capt. Joseph W. Schultz
Capt. Joseph W. Schultz
Bronze Star Medal Recipient
Army SFC Martin R. Apolinar
SFC Martin R. Apolinar
Bronze Star Medal Recipient
Army Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo
Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo
Bronze Star Medal Recipient

On that day, Capt. Joseph W. Schultz of Sacremento, Calif.; Sgt. 1st Class Martin R. Apolinar of Phoenix; and Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo of Riverside, Calif., working out of Special Operations Task Force – East in Afghanistan as part of 3rd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A), were killed when the vehicle in which they were riding was hit by a roadside bomb.

Nearly a month later, after the three men were laid to rest, the group worked to heal from the tragedy of May 29 by honoring the soldiers’ lives in a unit memorial at the John F. Kennedy Chapel on Fort Bragg, June 23.

“These men epitomize the values and character of a green beret,” said Lt. Col. Don Franklin, 3rd SFG (A) deputy commander, speaking at the memorial on behalf of Group Commander, Col. Mark C. Schwartz. “[Capt. Schultz] and his teammates fully understood the dangers of combat and willingly placed their lives on the line, operation after operation. They did so because of the bond they had with their fellow teammates, and their commitment to accomplishing the mission they set out to do.”

During the memorial, the fallen soldiers were honored with a roll call, a 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps as well as a bagpiper performing “Amazing Grace.”

Personal vignettes were offered by close friends and teammates of each respective soldier.

In speaking of Schultz, one soldier spoke on behalf of one of Schultz’ teammates downrange: “[Capt. Schultz] was enthusiastic and eager to take our team through train up as we prepared to deploy. His enthusiasm did not stem from him being a young captain. We joked with him that at 36, he was probably one of the oldest captains in the Army,” the Special Forces soldier said. “What drove him was his belief in what he was doing, and that our country is the greatest on Earth. Capt. Joseph Schultz gave his life leading my team in battle against the enemies of the United States. He represents the best of what this country has to offer, and I am proud to have known him and am honored to have served with him.”

Apolinar’s former team sergeant spoke about the type of soldier he was, and what he represented.

The team sergeant said he came back from an Afghanistan tour and met the new guy, Apolinar, shortly after returning.

“Who’s this new guy and what is up with his hair?” the team sergeant asked after meeting Apolinar, joking about Apolinar’s thick hair which earned him the name “helmet hair” by his teammates.

“Marty turned out to be an extremely impressive weapons sergeant,” the team sergeant went on to say. “He had such an awesome work ethic. You knew if you gave him a mission, you didn’t need to look over his shoulder. I’ll always love Marty as a brother for the rest of my days. If not for men like Martin R. Apolinar, some of the greatest men to walk this planet, this world would be a worse place. His death is not in vain.”

Speaking on behalf of Blasjo was a former teammate in the multi-purpose canine section, whom Blasjo worked with alongside his canine, “Hunter.”

“He and his canine, Hunter, were destined for great things,” the former teammate said. “Aaron chose to step above and beyond. Aaron’s family and friends will always be in our thoughts and prayers. His was a great loss not only to his family and friends, but to our regiment. Rest in peace brother.”

Three photos of the men stood at the forefront of the chapel. Shined boots and M4s fitted with bayonets, dog tags hanging from them, stood a silent tribute to the fallen soldiers.

Slow, somber salutes from service members concluded the ceremony as one-by-one, chapel-goers stopped to pay a final farewell.

USA Patriotism! Note...

Capt. Joseph W. Schultz's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Overseas Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutists Badge. He also wore the Special Forces Tab and the Ranger Tab.

Sgt. 1st Class Martin R. Apolinar's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Overseas Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutists Badge. He earned the Special Forces Tab and Ranger Tab.

Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal; Special Forces Tab; Combat Infantryman Badge; Parachutists Badge.

By Army SSgt. Jeremy D. Crisp
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
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